November 2013 Issue


Young Landscaper of the Year groomed and pruned at Natural Habitats

Blair Chicken, who has been part of the Natural Habitats team for five years, is thrilled to be named 2013 Young Landscaper of the Year. […]

Online building roles up 71%

Job opportunities for builders skyrocketed in the year to August, with 71% more roles listed on than in August 2012. A combination of growth […]

RMBF says building stats improved but concern remains about LVR policy impacts

The latest building consent figures indicate one of the highest months this year for the number of new homes and apartments consented. Statistics New Zealand […]

One-stop online shop is an exciting, fresh concept to hit the New Zealand trade market.  Instead of spending precious hours at the shops ordering stock, go online, […]

Kennards for Kids — setting the bar hire!

Throughout October and November, Kennards Hire has been raising money for KidsCan, a charity supporting disadvantage kids in New Zealand, as a part of the […]

‘Seismic fuse’ enhances earthquake protection

A licensing agreement between US-based StarSeismic LLC and D&H Steel Construction Ltd will enable the Henderson-based company to start manufacturing Buckling-Restrained Braces (BRBs) that improve […]

The importance of real time financial reports

The word “financials” is a word that covers a multitude of sins normally associated with money and, in most cases, is left up to the […]

Back In Time

20 years ago: • The NZMBF had written to the Minister of Internal Affairs asking that the Building Act be amended to require territorial authorities […]

Déjà Vu again

It was Yogi Berra, former manager of the New York Yankees baseball team, who first said: It’s like déjà vu all over again — apparently […]

Can you imply into a building contract a term allowing the owners to terminate?

Timothy Bates and Carlo Wan of Auckland law firm Legal Vision examine a recent High Court decision in which the High Court was required to […]

Building an Apprentice of the Year

I’ve been in industry for almost 20 years. It wasn’t something I set out to do but I’m 37 now and it’s all I’ve ever […]


Chelydra Percy has been appointed as chief executive officer of the BRANZ Group. Ms Percy was previously with Callaghan Innovation where she was future products […]

Hawke’s Bay apprentice takes out 2013 Apprentice of the Year title

Bill Harkness was “chuffed” when his name was read out as the Registered Master Builders Carters 2013 Apprentice of the Year. This is not the […]

Women in construction

Employment within the construction industry is forecast to grow sharply over the next four years as activity in the sector increases. Currently there are about […]

LVR – the wider ramifications

Last month I wrote about the potential impacts of the Reserve Bank’s LVR policy on new builds. In this column I’ll present an update on […]